Tesla recently released a hidden feature called “Dyno Mode,” meant for testing purposes, which disables a host of safety features including traction control, stability control, and automatic emergency braking.
The purpose behind the feature is to allow the car’s power output to be tested on a “dynamometer” — essentially a treadmill for an entire car that can measure the torque and RPMs its drivetrain can put out.
Despite the obvious risks, the feature is already being abused by Tesla owners who are posting videos online that show them driving their Teslas with the feature turned on — in one instance ending a joyride early by crashing into a chainlink fence.
Chinese Tesla owners have uploaded videos of themselves drifting their Model 3s around corners, as Tesmanian reports, also using Dyno Mode.
Needless to say, this is a bad idea. Driving without safety features is dangerous and can easily cause you to lose control of your vehicle, Electrek points out.
It’s not even a matter of pushing the vehicle to its limits — there’s practically no boost to performance in Dyno Mode, according to Electrek.
That’s what Tesla designed Track Mode for, a feature specifically designed for closed circuits and racetracks that enhances cornering power and cooling.
READ MORE: Tesla released a ‘dyno mode’ and you should NOT use it (seriously, really) [Electrek]